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“A pleasant morning up close and personal with the birds”

Punanga Manu o Te Anau
Ranked #16 of 50 things to do in Te Anau
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

When hiking the Kepler Track, one of the rangers mentioned that you see the Takahe being fed at the wildlife park. We went along one morning and had a lovely time. We didn't just get to see the Takahe being fed, but were actually allowed into the enclosure and managed to get fairly close to the birds (they run away if you get too close though). The Takahe are endangered, and it was good to hear the conservation programs that are going on to help improve the chances of survival for the bird.

We also followed the ranger as she fed the other birds, such as the Kea and Kaka - it was pretty amazing to be able to get so close. We also helped feed the ducks and geese - my son and the other kids in the group of people that were there loved this part.

It was really interesting to learn that birds like the Kea are highly intelligent and when in captivity need to be challenged when being fed. They receive different 'toys' and have to figure out how to access the food. I saw a notice that invited kids to help think up (and even make) new toys for the birds, which would have been fun if we'd had more time.

A very pleasant morning. Free, too (though you can make a donation)!

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Sunday, November 17, 2013 we walked 10 minute from Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau, 20 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand, along Lake Te Anau to the Te Anau Wildlife Park.
(http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/fiordland/eastern-fiordland/lake-te-anau/features/te-anau-wildlife-centre)
Specializes in native birds –
• The rare, flightless takahē has bright blue feathers, red bill and sturdy red legs. Takahē is still found in the wild only in the Murchison Mountains (across the lake from Te Anau).
• The kea is an alpine parrot well known for its intelligence (and cheekiness!). Watch for the brilliant colors under their wings when they fly.
• The kākā is a large parrot with a brush tongue to take nectar from flowers
• The Kererū (NZ native pigeon) is a large bird with iridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. The noisy beat of its wings is a distinctive sound in the forests. It is the only disperser of large fruits, such as those of karaka and taraire. The disappearance of the kererū would be a disaster for the regeneration of the NZ native forests.
• The Tūī is a sweet-singing bird with a white tuft under its throat, that contrasts with the metallic blue-green sheen to its underlying black color
• The orange-fronted parakeet is bright green with blue feathers along the outer edge of the wing; has a narrow orange band above the beak and below the lemon-yellow forehead; it has an orange rump spot but this is usually hidden under its folded wings.
• The weka is a large, brown flightless bird that has a feisty and curious personality that made the bird an easy food source for Māori and early European settlers.
There are also ducks and geese in the waterfowl enclosure, including introduced mallard ducks and Canadian geese.

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